What We Do
The Division of Student Affairs focuses on student growth and success, providing assistance to students who need it, encouraging students to take healthy risks that lead to personal growth, and creating opportunities to celebrate diversity in our extraordinary campus community.
Take a moment to discover the many ways Student Affairs can make your college journey a significant one. Students who participate in Student Affairs programs achieve the following goals, which are prized both by educators in the classroom and by employers in the workplace:
Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking skills refer to the ability to independently and accurately evaluate information, data and ideas from multiple perspectives. These skills also include the ability to apply appropriate methods of inquiry, determine quality of evidence, explore alternatives, and effectively use knowledge as well as experience to solve problems.
Effective communication embodies the ability to receive information, exchange ideas, present information, and convey messages in ways that are effective and appropriate to the situation and audience. This includes using suitable information sources, presentation formats, and technologies.
Multicultural Competence and Active Citizenship
Multicultural competence and active citizenship refer to understanding and appreciating human differences as well as positively contributing to the community. This includes having the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways with others who are culturally different from oneself. Active citizenship also includes meeting our individual responsibility to demonstrate ethical behavior, take action against injustice, be informed and participate in our communities.
Practical Competence/Life Skills
These skills refer to the capacity to manage one's affairs both inside and outside the university. This includes utilizing available campus resources and understanding student rights and responsibilities. Practical competence/life skills also refers to specific self management skills including career development, time management, values clarification, social integration and financial well-being.
Leadership and Interpersonal Competence
These skills refer to the ability to mobilize groups around shared interests as well as demonstrate and sustain meaningful relationships. This includes the ability to collaborate and work with others who are similar to and different from oneself. Leadership and interpersonal competence refers to specific knowledge, skills and abilities related to group dynamics, goal setting, delegation, conflict resolution and planning events.
Healthy living refers to making informed decisions and acting on those decisions to enhance personal and community health. Healthy living also refers to having a strong sense of personal identity and self-esteem that guides a purposeful life.